Your Earliest Memory Is Much Earlier Than You Think (M)

Most people’s earliest memories occurred years before they think, as confirmed by their parents.

Most people's earliest memories occurred years before they think, as confirmed by their parents.

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This Listening Technique Helps People Open Up (M)

The techniques work because they help to affirm a person’s need to feel in control and their connection to the listener.

The techniques work because they help to affirm a person's need to feel in control and their connection to the listener.

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The Early Learning That Leads To A Larger Brain (M)

Early education can lead to a larger cerebral cortex, as measured forty year later, study finds.

Early education can lead to a larger cerebral cortex, as measured forty year later, study finds.

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Spending Time With Children Makes Them Smarter

Children did better at school if their parents spent more time with them.

Children did better at school if their parents spent more time with them.

Spending time with children is the key to making them smarter, new research concludes.

Children whose parents spend more quality time with them do better in school.

While genetics plays its part, being there for a child has a more powerful effect.

Being present for the child is even more important than economic status, the study also suggested.

Professor Bruce Weinberg, study co-author, said:

“In the ongoing debate over what helps children succeed academically, we show that genetics is not the only major factor.

It is also about the time that parents spend with their children.”

The conclusions come from research involving over almost a million children in Israel.

Over 22,000 had lost a parent before the age of 18 and the parents of 77,000 had divorced.

They compared this with how well the children had done on a college entry test.

The researchers wanted to see what effect losing a parent had on their test results.

The results showed that the educational level of a parent who died became less important for the child’s academic success.

In other words, having smart parents is not what matters most — it’s how they bring you up.

Also, children who lost their mothers tended to do worse academically.

Professor Weinberg explained:

“The loss of a mother — who tends to spend more time than the father with her children — had a bigger effect than loss of a father in our study.”

Professor Weinberg said:

“We found similar results in those children who experienced parental death and parental divorce.

That provides strong evidence that our results are more general than just for children who suffered a parental death.

Other studies show that highly educated parents tend to spend more time with their children.

Our results may suggest one reason why they do: It has a strong impact on academic success.”

The study is to be published in the Journal of Labor Economics (Gould et al., 2019).

Caffeine During Pregnancy: Its Effect On Child’s IQ, Brain And Behaviour (M)

How caffeine during pregnancy affects the child’s IQ, brain and behaviour.

How caffeine during pregnancy affects the child's IQ, brain and behaviour.

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Children Breastfed For This Long Have A Higher IQ (M)

Higher IQ from breastfeeding may be explained by nutrients in the milk, mother-child bonding and parenting behaviours.

Higher IQ from breastfeeding may be explained by nutrients in the milk, mother-child bonding and parenting behaviours.

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Empathetic Children Raised By Mothers Who Do This (M)

The study included almost 100 babies who were tracked for two decades.

The study included almost 100 babies who were tracked for two decades.

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How Spanking Affects Children’s Brain Development (M)

Around half of American parents report having spanked their children in the last year and one-third in the last week.

Around half of American parents report having spanked their children in the last year and one-third in the last week.

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This ‘Normal’ Parenting Style Shrinks Children’s Brains (M)

Unfortunately, this style is considered normal by parents around the world.

Unfortunately, this style is considered normal by parents around the world.

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